Apple’s Prepare dinner says Parler might return to App Retailer with reforms

Apple’s Tim Cook leaves open the possibility that Parler could return to the App Store with changes to its moderation policy

Parler, the social network popular with conservatives, could make a return to Apple’s App Store if it changes the way posts are moderated on the platform, tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook said Sunday.

Apple suspended all downloads of the Parler app after the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, citing posts on the platform that could lead to further violence. Google and Amazon have also cut ties with the company.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, Cook justified the suspension of Parler, which was favored by supporters of President Donald Trump.

“We looked at the incitement to violence that was going on there and we don’t believe that freedom of speech and incitement to violence have an intersection,” Cook said.

Parler sued Amazon Monday after Amazon Web Services blocked the platform’s access to Internet servers.

Parler alleged Amazon broke antitrust laws and helped social rival Twitter, which also banned Trump for language that could incite violence

In Apple’s case, “we just suspended them,” Cook said. “So when you bring your moderators together, you’ll be back in the App Store.”

Parler’s popularity skyrocketed after Twitter finally banned Trump following the Capitol attack, which Cook described as “one of the saddest moments of my life” and “an attack on our democracy.”

“I felt like I was in an alternate reality,” he said. “That couldn’t happen.”

On the day Apple suspended Parler downloads, it was the most downloaded app from the US App Store.

Google has also banned the app from downloading.

Parler, which launched in 2018, works similarly to Twitter, with profiles and “Parleys” instead of tweets.

In the beginning, the platform attracted a ton of ultra-conservative and even far-right users. But more recently it has signed a lot more traditional Republican votes.

“We have an app store with about two million apps,” said Cook. “We obviously don’t control what’s on the Internet. But we’ve never seen our platform supposed to be a simple replication of the Internet.

“We have rules and regulations and we just ask that people adhere to them.”

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